This is a big question. This is the one that sits on my shoulder the most.
When I was in the 4th grade, a week before Thanksgiving, my grandmother was killed by a drunk driver. When Thanksgiving rolled around, we did not really feel like having a dinner... but we did. We also set an empty place for her at the table.
In my entire childhood, communion was a symbolic gesture of us getting together to remember who has gone past us before.
When the wife became Catholic I learned the Catholic views on the wine and bread and how the bread and wine transubstantiate into the body and blood of Christ.
This made and currently still makes no sense to me... the wife and I have gone around and around on a tilt-a-whirl on this one.
I cannot logically understand or wrap my mind around it enough to just accept it on faith. What is the philosophy behind this? The tradition behind this? And for the love of all that is good... is there any proof?
Many traditions have customs to remember their dead. For instance the Japanese set up an altar to remember them... so how do we know that he simply wished for us to gather together and simply remember him?
This one question will probably produce the most responses out of me yet. While my other questions were answered in ways that I could fully appreciate, this one... I go round and round on with people. It is not that I am trying to be difficult, but my brain needs a kind of re-wiring on this.
Because the answers I have received have been so good so far, I am hoping someone will just knock me off of my feet with something that helps me come to terms with this.
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